Meredith Vieira “blamed herself” for not doing extra to guard her former NBC colleague Brooke Nevils from “At this time” co-host Matt Lauer‘s alleged predatory habits, based on Ronan Farrow‘s new tome, “Catch and Kill.”
The on-air persona was “distraught” when Nevils, her former assistant, got here to her condo in 2017 and alleged that she had been raped by a co-worker, based on the ebook.
As Nevils started to recall the alleged assault, Vieira interjected to ask her one-time staffer, “It’s Matt, isn’t it?”
“I used to be eager about it and he was the one one with sufficient energy over you to do this,” Vieira mentioned, based on the ebook.
Nevils had traveled with Vieira to Sochi to cowl the 2014 Olympics, the place the pair met up with Lauer on the resort bar, the ebook says.
She advised Farrow that later within the night — after she and Vieira retreated to their respective resort rooms — Lauer invited her again to his room.
Unaware that his invite was a come-on, she arrived in a T-shirt and boxers, then was pushed by him onto the mattress, the place he anally raped her, the ebook alleges.
They continued to fulfill up after they returned to New York, however Nevils mentioned the encounters had been “transactional.”
It wasn’t till years later that one other “At this time” colleague — who claimed she had her personal expertise with Lauer — urged her to show to Vieira, based on the ebook.
However Vieira “blamed herself for not doing extra to guard Nevils, and feared there have been extra victims,” the ebook claims.
“Consider all the opposite girls I’ve gotten jobs there,” Vieira mentioned to Nevils, who saved apologizing, based on the ebook.
Vieira inspired Nevils to file a proper criticism with NBC’s workplace of human sources. The assembly led to Lauer’s dismissal in 2017.
Lauer has denied Nevils’ allegations in a prolonged assertion that claims the connection was consensual.
For extra on the Matt Lauer scandal, take heed to this episode of the Web page Six podcast, “We Hear”: